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Feeling Sam’s Sting

Winston Mardis says the liquor control commission’s Serving Alcohol to Minors program was designed to stop underage drinking. The city sends minors into bars, hoping to bust anyone who will serve them. In 1993, the program’s first year, 56 percent of all liquor licensees tested were caught selling to minors. Last year, that figure was […]

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Calendar Sidebar

Chicago photographer John Mahtesian finds art in the humble daily routines of such people as shop girls and schoolchildren. About 20 of Mahtesian’s black-and-white photographs, taken in Russia, Ireland, Armenia, England, and Italy, as well as Chicago, are on view in “John Mahtesian: The Roving Eye” at the Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan in Evanston, […]

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David S. Ware Quartet

DAVID S. WARE QUARTET It’s too early to tell if the recent signing of free-jazz titan David S. Ware to Columbia Records is a harbinger of the music’s popular elevation or just an anomaly. The imprimatur of Branford Marsalis, who made Ware his first acquisition as Columbia’s creative consultant, will doubtlessly garner the tenor saxophonist […]

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Real Deal

Snoop Dogg Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (No Limit/Priority) By Franklin Soults When Public Enemy’s Chuck D called hip-hop the black CNN, he hit on a metaphor whose meaning could be appreciated by anyone with even a passing interest in rap. And yet so many hard-core hip-hop fans seem not […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In an August issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from the United States and France announced that aspirin blocks “pain” receptors in plants in much the same way that it blocks them in animals. However, it also suppresses a distress signal that causes neighboring plants to produce a defensive, sour-tasting chemical […]

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Underground

Underground, Rhinoceros Theater Festival, at the Lunar Cabaret. The protagonist of Abby Sher’s play is out to fight not City Hall but the U.S. Post Office–and all because a clerk refused to refund the money he claims a stamp machine stole from him. His actual retaliation is as petty as his loss, but obsession with […]

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Kwaidan: Three Japanese Ghost Stories

Kwaidan: Three Japanese Ghost Stories Like fellow experimental director Robert Wilson, Ping Chong is a master at creating big, beautiful, often enigmatic tableaux: angels kicking through a field of feathers, Asian teenagers jitterbugging, a 16th-century Dutch trader and a Japanese court official sitting cross-legged at opposite sides of the stage trying to converse. But unlike […]

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Spider Saloff

SPIDER SALOFF Spider Saloff likes to dip a toe in jazz, keeping her rhythms relatively limber and indulging in an occasional scat chorus. But she remains primarily a cabaret singer–in fact, the best cabaret singer gigging regularly in Chicago. In mid-September she warmed up for her current three-week engagement–and closed out the first century AG […]

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Rhinoceros Theater Festival

Rhinoceros Theater Festival This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago’s fringe takes its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big). The Rhinoceros Theater Festival runs through October 17 at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln, 773-327-6666. Consult the listings below for specific shows […]

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Laughs of Steel…

LAUGHS OF STEEL…A workout for your diaphragm, Rhinoceros Theater Festival, at the Lunar Cabaret. You’ve got to have something to offer if you’re going to wade into the crowded pool of autobiographical solo performance in Chicago. Dana Block in her one-woman show Laughs of Steel shows she’s got the writer’s chops at least to be […]

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River North Dance Company

River North Dance Company River North achieves a remarkable range within its rather narrowly defined niche. Traditionally a jazz-dance company performing short, entertaining works, it nevertheless offers a variety of styles and moods, partly because it taps a variety of choreographers. The troupe’s Dance Chicago ’98 program alone showcases such widely divergent work as Randy […]

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Big People Little People

BIG PEOPLE LITTLE PEOPLE, at Victory Gardens Theater. Early in her one-woman show, Sally Edwards–homemaker and mother of three–tells us she thinks she’s been spending too much time with her “little people.” She’s right. But that isn’t what’s wrong with Big People Little People; in fact, her strongest material has to do with “mommy anomie,” […]